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PS3 will not read any disc.

When i insert a game or DVD the PS3 is non-responsive the think icon comes up but does not read the disc. Im not sure if the disc is even spinning.

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This is a common problem on the PS 3 unfortunately and is caused by a faulty blue-ray drive. Unit will have to go back to Sony for service. However - if you are confident with electronics there are several videos on YouTube showing how to replace the drive if you choose to order it and do it yourself.

Hope this helps. Please remember to rate my answer. Many Thanks

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

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